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Creative Writing Diploma



IMPORTANT information about Fall 2014 Portfolio requirements


The Diploma aims to develop students’ skills in writing in a variety of genres conventionally described as “creative,” such as fiction, poetry, drama and creative non-fiction. It will also offer students the opportunity to take, as options, courses that provide a background in contemporary literature in these genres.

The eight course, 24 credit hour program will comprise at least five and as many as eight creative writing courses in at least three and as many as four genres. The overall aim of the program is to help students produce work that merits publication. To this end, the focus of the creative writing courses will be on the composition, critiquing, and editing of the students’ own work, and in both the creative writing and contemporary literature courses, on analyzing examples of excellent writing.


As has traditionally been the case, students will compete for admission to individual Creative Writing course via the portfolio system. The Diploma will be earned by accretion.

Fall 2014 Portfolio Information

English 3900: Due Date—August 31.

To be submitted to Dr. Larry Mathews in hard copy only at Arts 3004 or in the English Office, Arts 3026. At least 5 but no more than 10 pages of fiction (hard copy, double-spaced) should be included in the portfolio.

English 3901: Due Date—August 31.

To be submitted to Prof. Mary Dalton at or at Arts 3029. Both electronic and hard copies are acceptable. The portfolio should include eight to ten poems .

English 3902: Due Date—August 4.

To be submitted to Robert Chafe at in electronic form only. Five to ten pages of creative work from any discipline (prose, poetry, play, screenplay ) should be included in the portfolio.

English 3903: Due Date—August 25.

To be submitted to Prof. Lisa Moore at or at the English Office, Arts 3026. Both electronic and hard copies are acceptable. For further information, please contact Professor Moore.

Program of Study:

Students are required to complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of course work, including at least 15 credit hours from the following:

  • English 3900, English 3901, English 3902, English 3903, English 4910, English 4911, English 4912, and English 4913

The remaining courses must be taken from:

  • Additional courses from the above list;
  • One or more special topics courses in Creative Writing;
    • English 4920
    • English 4921-4930
  • One or more of English 3100, 3155, 3156, 3158, 3160, 3161, 3171, 3172, 3173, 4080, 4270, 4302, 4822

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Larry Mathews
Department of English
Office: AA 3004
(709) 864-8049 (direct)

709-864-8277 (English Department)